New Smart Phone App for LibraryThing…01.08.10

8 01 2010

Excerpted from the LA Times “Can Local Books iPhone app be a literary UrbanSpoon?”:

“…LibraryThing, a major social-networking-through-books site, launched its first iPhone app yesterday. Local Books is free and lists bookstores, libraries and book-related events near you.

It’s got an easy, intuitive interface and loads venues quickly, once you tell it your location. But — how does it play in L.A.?

On the upside, the venue listings are extensive. There are public and academic libraries, chain bookstores and independent bookstores, and many include photos. I’d forgotten about the radical bookstore Libros Revolución, but there it was in the downtown listings, between a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library and Ivanhoe Books, a Silver Lake art book seller. It seems every branch of the L.A. Public Library makes the list, and it’s easy to select one or two as favorites and quickly return to them…”


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